Who is Responsible For Completing a Fire Risk Assessment?
Fire risk assessments are extremely important in both domestic and commercial environments. Therefore, as a business owner, it is crucial to conduct a fire risk assessment within the workplace to prevent a serious financial impact on your business in the event of a potential fire outbreak and to ensure employee welfare is protected at all times.
What is Included in a Fire Risk Assessment
Five key aspects of a fire risk assessment must be carefully identified and considered to ensure maximum safety of those working in the building and to secure the building itself against any dangerous hazards.
Below are the key components of a fire risk assessment:
Identifying fire hazards in a building is perhaps the most important step of a fire risk assessment. Identifying these hazards is vital for reducing the risks to people’s safety. Fire hazards within a building can be any number of things and will vary from work environment to work environment. An example of a fire hazard could be flammable chemicals or substances in a warehouse.
People at Risk
Identifying the people most at risk of fire hazards is another extremely important step. The people most at risk are those directly coming into contact with flammable substances and other fire hazards.
Reducing the Risks
Fire hazards need to be evaluated to see if you can remove them completely from the work environment or at least reduce the risk surrounding them to increase safety.
Emergency Planning and Training
Generating an emergency plan ensures everyone knows how to reach safety in the event of a fire, and so the plan must include fire exits and meeting points.
Fire risk assessments must be regularly conducted to maximise safety across the workplace.
Who is Responsible for Completing a Fire Risk Assessment?
The Health and Safety Executive identifies that employers, landlords, owners, occupiers and anyone in control of a building are responsible for fire safety in businesses and other non-domestic premises. The responsible person will need relevant training and experience in fire safety and conducting fire risk assessments. If the designated person does not feel competent or responsible enough for this role, it is strongly encouraged that they employ and consult with professionals.